Top 10 Most Visited Cities in Asia

The Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, China at night

The Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, China at night

If you want to be a true world traveller, a visit to at least one of Asia’s top cities is a must. Massive and diverse, Asia stretches from the Black Sea to Siberia.

Singapore at night

Singapore at night

You are sure to experience a fascinating and unforgettable visit to an Asia city. The following is a list of Asia’s top 10 most visited destinations.

Tokyo, Japan at night

Tokyo, Japan at night

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

10. Hanoi

Hanoi is the Capital of Vietnam and the second largest city. A magnificent blend of East and West, it remains largely unscathed from decades of war and is experiencing a huge building boom. Popular with tourists, TripAdvisor ranks of as one of the world’s top 10 destination cities.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

9. Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam at its best with chic malls and sleek skyscrapers. You will get caught up in the high energy lifestyle of this city. Accommodations include the finest hotels and quaintest of guesthouses. On the quieter side, you can wander the alleys and find incense-infused temples.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

8. New Delhi

If you like mixing modern with Old World, New Delhi is the place to go. In Old Delhi, workers still haul spices and weigh gold on rustic scales. New Delhi still boasts colonial-era buildings, and Gurgaon is a futuristic satellite city of modern skyscrapers.

Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India

Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India

India Gate, Monument in New Delhi, India

India Gate, Monument in New Delhi, India

7. Shanghai

Shanghai, located on the central coast, is China’s biggest and busiest city. Despite the bustle, you can easily stroll the Bund, the city’s famed waterfront walk and marvel at the colonial-era buildings as the Pudong district’s futuristic skyline rise across the Huangpu River.

Shanghai in China

Shanghai in China

6. Beijing

Since China’s capital city dates back 3 millennia, history buffs will find Beijing particularly fascinating. A visit to ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex and the Ming and Qing dynasties’ imperial palace will be amazing and unforgettable.

Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China

Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China

Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

Beijing, China at night with the Bird's Nest Stadium

Beijing, China at night with the Bird’s Nest Stadium

5. Hong Kong

With its iconic skyline, Hong Kong is China’s most fascinating city to visit. The culture here includes indie music, Chinese opera in a bamboo theater, and the Asian film festival.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

4. Istanbul

Istanbul is the cultural and financial center of Turkey and is a fabulous vacation destination. Its temperate oceanic climate means hot summers and cold, wet winters. The best times to visit are late May through June and September through early October. The city is full of fun with lively cafes, bars, shops, and galleries.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

3. Bangkok

Thailand’s capital and largest city can appear on the surface to be a “hot mess” with its sticky weather and sometimes sordid nightlife reputation. In truth, Bangkok is surprisingly safe and full of hidden gems to be discovered, and Thai food is some of the world’s most coveted cuisine.

Bangkok, capital of Thailand

Bangkok, capital of Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

2. Singapore

If a tropical island appeals to you, Singapore is a great Asian destination. This independent city-state has the elements of a modern city along with enchanting parks and nature reserves. The eclectic mix of Chinese, Indian, and Malay influences makes for tasty food, great shopping, and a vibrant nightlife.

Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

Singapore

Singapore

1. Tokyo

Japan’s capital is a mix of tradition and ultramodern, with neon-lit skyscrapers as well as historic temples. Because of its vastness, this city can be overwhelming. Instead of making a long list of sites select a few points of interest and then wander in shops and restaurants to experience the local culture.

Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan, with Tokyo Tower in background

Tokyo, Japan, with Tokyo Tower in background

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, capital of Japan at night

Tokyo, capital of Japan at night

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